Swaziland is a small, landlocked enclave between Mozambique and South Africa. Mainly agricultural, most of the trade is with South Africa. However, the prevalence of AIDS has seriously affected their economy. It was a British protectorate from 1899-1968 and then became democratic, but the outrageous wealth of the monarchy among this poor country is a highly charged issue. In Swaziland, the consistent sowing of the gospel over the last 160 years has led to a strong Christian community with a solid core of believers and regular church attenders. It is encouraging to see how a small, faithful sowing of the gospel over the years has reaped many benefits. Pray that they will continue to be faithful and lead others to […]
Mauritania is mostly desert in Western Central Africa. It is divided between White and Black Moors (muslim culture), and Sub-Saharan African. There is alleged slavery between the groups, along with government corruption, and very poor people. It is one of the least reached areas in the world. Pray that the Good News of Jesus Christ will reach these people.
Maldives are a small group of coral islands southwest of Sri Lanka in the Indian ocean. The average size of the 202 inhabited islands are less than 1 sq km, and average elevation is one meter. Tourism and fishing dominate the economy. Islam is the only recognized religion, and the practice of other religions is forbidden. There are less than 600 Christians in the entire country, including Protestant, Independent and Catholic. Behind the facade of island paradise and peaceful Islam lies a much darker reality. They have one of the highest divorce rates in the world, there is rising crime and gang activity, abuse of children and endemic drug use among teens (possibly up to 70%). They do not honor […]
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.